The visitors scored six tries to two, including doubles to wingers George Bridge and Manasa Mataele, while five-eighth Mitch Hunt scored 13 points.The bonus-point win lifts the Crusaders to one point behind the Lions at the top of the overall standings through eight rounds.They narrowly lead the New Zealand conference from the Hurricanes and the Chiefs.A third-straight win was the Crusaders’ eighth in a row at an offshore venue.The only team to have won a final overseas, the Crusaders have built their eight titles on an ability to travel.They were at it again on Sunday after last week’s dogged win at the Lions.Victory was established by a clinical first-half performance in which they were forced to make twice as many tackles as the Jaguares yet led 19-0.Bridge had a double inside the first 14 minutes, while Mataele was over soon before the break when he capitalised on a slick line-out move involving hooker Codie Taylor.Mataele was the game’s standout attacking figure, beating seven defenders in total and setting up two tries with his elusive running.Tries to outside backs Joaquin Tuculet and Emiliano Boffelli gave some hope to the home crowd but Hunt, Ryan Crotty and Mataele all crossed to make it five wins from seven for the Crusaders.The Jaguares, coming off a bye after their memorable upset of the Lions, are still seeking their first win over Kiwi opponents.Five losses from seven mean they trail the South African conference as they prepare for a road trip which begins against the Rebels in Melbourne next week.
May 14, 2020
Gabriel’s nationalization also closely follows Luis Enrique. “Obviously, I am attentive,” said the Spanish coach recently. Gabriel, undisputed holder at Valencia, will be one more option among the limited bouquet of plants that Luis Enrique has at his disposal. Gabriel, in fact, has stated on several occasions his desire to give up power play with Brazil if Spain called you.The postponement of the Eurocup until 2021 by the current coronavirus crisis has played in favor of the interests of the black and white central, which saves time to get the Spanish passport and will also expand the number of opportunities (calls) prior to the mentioned continental appointment. Thus, more than a year after the European Championship can be held, the Valencia central take for granted which will start next season with the papers in all rule to receive the call of the Spanish Selection.Solidarity with its origins: sanitary material for the club where it startedGabriel Paulista, despite wanting to achieve dual citizenship and play for Spain, does not forget his origins much less. Less in delicate times like today. The center has sent medical supplies (masks) and food to the modest club where he started playing soccer, the Esporte Clube Eledy, located in a humble neighborhood in Sao Paulo. Gabriel Paulista is already only at wait that him Government of Spain set time and date to swear the Constitution and thus achieve your desired double nationality. The Brazilian approved before confinement due to the crisis of COVID-19 the two tests of the Cervantes Institute: You already have the Spanish diploma level A2 and passed the exam constitutional knowledge Y sociocultural from Spain. Gabriel hopes to have the passport before the summer and thus be able to enlist in the Luis Enrique’s plans.His nationalization is also awaited Valencia, what will release a non-community square. The club, today, has the quota covered with Kang-in Lee, Maxi Gómez and Gabriel himself. The nationalization of the plant will expand the map of possible reinforcements facing the next season without the need to do without any of the three. In fact, the intention of César Sánchez Its the expand Gabriel Paulista the contract, a footballer who recently showed his commitment with the Mestalla club: “I hope someday to be one of its captains.” The contacts to extend the contract they are part of a series of negotiations opened by Valencia to consolidate a spine with the footballers he has in the current squad. With Jaume Domenech and Carlos Soler recently renewed, César will also address in the next months negotiations with José Luis Gayà, Wass and Coquelin. This does not mean that the two renovations that urgently need to be resolved at this point are those of Ezequiel Garay (contract ends on June 30) and, above all, Ferran Torres (with contract until June 2021). Cesar has maintained a first contact with the player’s agents to convey their willingness to sit down to negotiate a contractual extension. Gabriel ends contract in 2022 and César, despite the player turning 30 in November, is clear that it is one of the profiles he wants keep on the template. Gabriel, who dreams of defending the shirt of The Red in the next Eurocup, you have a CV of injuries that leads you to think that you have rope for a while. Since he landed in Europe in 2013 (Villarreal, Arsenal and Valencia), only lost due to injury 22 of 345 games possible (6.3%).
January 18, 2020
It used to take a resident of Vahun in Lofa County about seven hour from the morning hours to reach Monrovia and finish whatever he or she had come to do and get back on his or her way before the fall of night. But that was then—what many today term “normal times” when infrastructures, especially roads, were not as bad off as many are today.The road the citizens of Vahun traveled during “normal days,” came through the Bomi Hills concession area, operated by the Bong Mines Company. The journey took about four to five hours from Vahun to Bomi Hills and about an hour or two to Duala and then into Central Monrovia.This is no longer the case because the roads, as well as the one that linked Vahun to the county’s capital, Voinjama, were destroyed as a result of the years of civil war. This situation had Vahun cut-off from the rest of the country, until the recent intervention of the government with the rehabilitation of a road that now connects Vahun with Voinjama.Though the construction of the Voinjama-Vahun road may not have solved all the Vahun people’s problems, it has brought them a sense of belonging to the Liberian state—a feeling that they have yearned for, for years. Notwithstanding, the road through Voinjama takes a passenger about two days to get to Monrovia—not a very comforting prospect.And so, they have decided to appeal to the Central Government to rehabilitate the Bomi Hills-Vahun road, to make it easier for them to get to Monrovia.In a petition statement presented to the President in Vahun on Tuesday, February 18, through their representative Fofi Sahr Baimba, the citizens said that the rehabilitation of the road will greatly help farmers; business people will also benefit and will soon once more make the region a vibrant agricultural hub. “Madam President, the road we had here took us about five hours to get to Bomi Hills, in Bomi County; but, it was destroyed during the war.So, your people have come to ask that you please help us rehabilitate this road which we considered a short-cut to Monrovia,” Representative Fofi Sahr Baimba pleaded.The Lofa lawmaker said that when rehabilitated, the road will be of great help to the many farmers who have to take days to get their produce to Monrovia.There are also the exorbitant fares demanded by the transport ‘big shots,” who marketers have to depend on to get their goods to the markets; making things worse, some produce begin rotting long before they reach Monrovia.Needless to say, many middle-men and middle women and consumers are daily waiting in the capital to pick up these items to keep their distributors and consumers supplied.“Our district has been isolated from the rest of the country for too long, and most of us who only had the opportunity to be educated in Sierra Leone as a result of the long time neglect, have been considered by many as foreigners, because of our accent.We are so close to Monrovia, yet so far away; why? Because, instead of taking about seven to eight hours to get to Monrovia—through the Bomi Hills route—we have to travel through Voinjama. That takes about a day and a half or two,” Representative Bimba explained.He earlier lauded President for the Voinjama-Vahun road rehabilitation project, which he said has brought considerable relief to the people of VahunAnother resident who identified himself as John Binda had this to say: “We want to be grateful to this government for the rehabilitation of the road that now connects us with Voinjama. It used to take us many days to get to Voinjama. Thank God that President Sirleaf is now thinking about us after so many years of being neglected by past leaderships.”“The one thing we as a people desire most from Madam Sirleaf, is for her to please fix the road that links with Bomi Hills. Those days it used to take us about four to five hours in car to get to Bomi Hills. And lately before the civil war we used to paid US$4 to get to Monrovia through this route,” Mr. Binda said.In response, President Sirleaf said that she will work with the leadership of the county and other relevant stakeholders through a consultative process to see how best modalities can be worked out to address the citizens concern.She thanked the people of Vahun for the warm reception accorded she and her entourage. She, that day, had begun her 2014 nation-wide tour, kicking-off with Vahun, a district she termed a government strong-hold, due to the kind of supports received in the 2005 and the 2011 elections.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf became the second President ever to have visited Vahun; the first was William Richard Tolbert, who visited the area on several occasion. He paid his last visit in 1978.Prior to the reconnection, Vahun Citizens had almost conducted all of its activities, trade, and social transaction with Sierra Leone. The people are currently using triple currencies as mediums of exchange: the Liberian dollar, the US dollar, and Sierra Leone’s Leone, as a result of the newfound inter-connectedness (new connections) of the regions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 15, 2020
There could be some truth in the saying that many invite dangers into their life early enough, to render the rest miserable. The sad story of Anita, the twenty-six year-old woman, a woman who was at sometime in the past men’s pride and now wasting away slowly at the corner of Benson and Lynch Streets was a telling evidence of a personal went wrong. Yassa Johnson, one of the only friends who mustered courage to visit Anita at her difficult existence could not understand the trick that fate had played on her dear friend. Anita was now a broken woman needed all the human comfort available from her friends, particularly those men who played major roles in her life. Anita felt always comforted at her friend’s visit, and she used such occasions to remind her, “I know what you used to tell me that I did not listen.” Anita knew how miserable her life had become and she would tell her only friend not to let the last days of her miserable life go in vain without subtracting some lessons from it. “Joe,” Anita now mentioned the name of the only man that had loved her so much, of which she had shunned. The mention of the name compelled Yassa to readjust her sitting position, with a smile. Anita continued, “I think about the days gone by with Joe,” and pulled out an envelope, wiping the dirt from it and then handing it to Yassa, saying, “This is one of the letters that I received from Joe.” Yassa lifted her right hand and slowly received the letter. The letter bore the distinctive signature of Joe Young, the only man who had loved Anita; the only man that cared for her but the only man that Anita broke his heart and of which she did not care about his feelings, in a desperate irony of fate. “Just read it,” Anita instructed her friend in a weak voice, “I read his letter very often.” Yassa responded, “I heard Joe died of a broken heart,” of which her friend gave a grimace, and turned her head away from her. Yassa spread the letter on her right knee, and with her usual smile, read it. Anita then swung her head backward and with a smile of nonchalance, hung her head, waiting for her friend to get through with it. The following is the content of the letter, possibly written during the period of personal anguish by the author, for his only love, Anita. ‘Dearest Anita, ‘It’s been three weeks now since you left my house and I must confess that it had been three weeks of total pain for me. You are always in my heart especially during the evening hours when I see friends; or rather lovers hold each other’s hands and speak excitedly to each other. ‘Since you have shown that you don’t care about how much I care about you, I have decided to worry about my feelings and also be able to control them so that I must be able to think like a man. ‘I do not have to explain to you how much I love you and I am also aware your insistence of your love for me, but sometimes I feel that your part of love for me is not as strong as I have had for you. “Dear friend, while I have found it difficult to understand the ways of love, I am not, please take note of this, so much as ready to play with your feelings as much as you have played with mine. ‘I know you know that in the affairs of love, the kind that is evergreen and blossoming, there must be a commitment to share one’s happiness with the other. Though being a sentimentalist, I do not subscribe to the idea that happiness is skin deep, for it has always been my position that errors can easily be forgiven when love is the most fundamental reason for our togetherness. ‘But, Anita, you have failed to identify with my feelings and though your friends, including Yassa may pretend not to know the game you are playing in our relationship, I shall always hold them, and even you, responsible for breaking the only heart that has been filled with the only love you shall ever have. ‘Others may be important to you, Anita, but remember that whatever that might happen, though a broken and rejected you and your friends may be sharers of my desolation.‘Ever yours, ‘Joe Young.’ “It’s like he is speaking from the grave,” Yassa said, lowering her head, and then said, “why do you keep his letter with you?” Yassa’s question unsettled her friend, who, drawing in a deep breath said, “It makes me uncomfortable about what I did to him and I also feel like I killed the only man who could have been here for me at this time.” “It is perhaps too late now,” Yassa said. “But looking at it from another way, even if the dead could be of help, I believe Joe would wish you well, though he considered me, along with you as the cause of his unhappiness.” Anita said, “You think so?” “Yes,” she replied, “and while I’m surprised of this accusation, I’m not unmindful that being your friend I knew some of the things you did against him.” “About how much I hurt him? I never thought life would be like this, Yassa.” “He was good man,” Yassa said, “but you never were willing to listen and so being a friend he died believing that I was part of what killed.” “I can accept everything now,” Anita said, still in tears, “people think my present suffering was because of the way I treated him.” “I feel some guilt for what he said being your friend,” Yassa said, “but I could not have changed your mind for what happened between you.” “I want to take it like that,” Anita’s soft voice whispered, “but I feel Joe’s pain all the time.” “Can you bring him back from where he is?” “No.” “Which means no matter your present condition,” Yassa said, “you need to move on with life. I feel ashamed for his experience but you must move on, Anita.” “In this condition,” Anita replied, lifted her face to her friend, “one of my legs is gone; no one loves me anymore, particularly those whose love I followed blindly.” At that statement, Anita could not control her emotions, for she knew that had Joe been around, he would have come to her. No, he would not have replaced her missing leg, but he could have brought her the deeper comfort that no one was prepared to give her. As the two friends examined some of the torching situations in their lives, several people mostly women, gathered nearby with tears in their eyes. Suddenly, Anita’s eyes brightened up, like an inspiration. Her smile was bigger than life, and when her friend Yassa turned to look at her, she began to pull herself together as if fear had made the final determination of her life. Frantically, Yassa shouted for help, as several bystanders rushed to the scene.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 11, 2020
After a popular boxing coach made a call earlier this week for athletes to be given more incentives when they perform exceptionally at international sporting events, Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for sport, Dr George Norton has broken his silence on the seemingly controversial issue.When questioned about his thoughts on Poole’s plea, Norton said, “I think it would have been best for Mr Poole to consult with his director before he made such an inaccurate statement to the press.”The Minister went on to explain that the yet-to-be-completed National Sport Policy would ensure that those athletes who were feeling neglected would be sufficiently repaid for their contributions to the country.“When it is structured, all Guyanese sportsmen and women will be compensated adequately and fairly,” Dr Norton stressed.He noted that the structured approach was necessary to avoid any confrontation similar to what occurred recently. Additionally, he explained that the respective sports associations would be involved in the process. “We are involving all the sports associations, because we don’t want anyone approaching the sports ministries saying I did this for Guyana, now I want my house, land and car,” the Minister said.Dr Norton also went on to disclose that it was not a case where athletes were not being given anything at all: “Sometimes, the Government may not give cash per se to the organisations, but we waiver air fares and tax and we provide them with other things.”As an example of such, he related to Guyana Times Sport that the Ministry has provided free transportation to Suriname for the basketball fraternity who are slated to compete this weekend.On Tuesday, Guyana Boxing Association Technical Director and Coach Terrence Poole called for better incentives to be given to athletes when they return from international competitions with medals. “Let the athletes get tangible things; they must want to go on further. Not just congratulations, we’re fed up with that now; we passed that stage,” an evidently frustrated Poole had said.Poole’s statement was later endorsed by Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) President KA Juman-Yassin. “An athlete goes, he comes back – a photo opportunity and that’s the end. I endorse what Terrence has said and we need something much more tangible from the Government. The GOA cannot do everything,” he stated.
January 11, 2020
By Clifton RossAfter a shaky start, the Guyana Jaguars would want to pounce on the West Indies ‘B’ team, come this evening when the two sides clash in another Group ‘A’ match under lights at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.Guyana suffered a 35-run loss in their first game versus the Trinidad Red Force, while their opponents are still on a high following their win over Canada in the first match. The Jaguars would want to correct their mistakes from the other evening, most notably in their batting department, which saw skipper Leon Johnson and opener Trevon Griffith being the only players to cross the 30-run mark.The Jaguars’ star-studded batting line-up looked a bit scratchy in the opening game. Against a less hostile side, the likes of Chandrapaul Hemraj, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford and Romario Shepherd would need to quickly rebound with the bat, should they gain early momentum.The Windies side showed they were capable of setting big totals, as they racked up over 300 runs against the Canadians. The ‘B’ team will call on their ‘A’ players to come to the front, as they did before with skipper Marlon Samuels easing to a century against ordinary bowling by his standards, while Yannic Cariah grafted a half-century to get his campaign on the road.Windies U-19 star Kimani Melius hit 46 as he warmed up, while Guyanese Tevin Imlach also looked good with the bat and behind the stumps. Talented former U-19 batsman Keagan Simmons is another player who would want to get his show up and running.In the bowling department, Guyana would feel a bit assured, especially with the form of Shepherd and his fellow quick Clinton Pestano, who shared 6 wickets in the last game, and could play bigger roles, given their performance at the venue a night ago. Reifer; Barnwell, who also had 2 wickets in the last game; spinners Ramaal Lewis and Veerasammy Permaul are match-winners with the ball.Windies ‘B’ also have good bowling, with Odean Smith, Chemar Holder and Ronsford Beaton being their frontline fast options, and Samuels and Cariah offering something in the slower departments.Pressure, if any, will be on the Jaguars, as they look to rebound from their loss against the Red Force, while the Windies would want to stretch their win-streak as they go deeper into the tournament.
January 10, 2020
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment data for the month of October has been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. still remains at 6.2 percent, the same as September’s unemployment rate.While the unemployment rate remained the same, the number of people actually working in the Northeast saw a decrease of 200 to 39,200 when compared to September’s number of 39,400.- Advertisement -Last year, in October 2018, the Northeast’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.Overall for B.C., the unemployment rate fell slightly from 4.8 percent in September to 4.7 in October, still well above the unemployment rate for October 2018 of 4.2 percent.The Province’s unemployment rate now remains the lowest when compared to other provinces from across the country.Advertisement
December 3, 2019
It takes a lot to deter a male from wanting sex. A new study has found that male mice keep trying to copulate even when they are in pain, whereas females engage in less sex. But when given drugs that target pleasure centers in the human brain, the females again became interested. The findings could shed light on the nature of libido across various animal species.To assess how pain influences sexual desire, researchers first identified pairs of mice that wanted to have sex. “What we found early on was not all mice will mate with each other,” says clinical psychologist Melissa Farmer, who led the study while earning her Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The team set up the rodents on a series of “dates,” during which a male and female were paired together for 30 minutes. Couples that copulated for most of the session were deemed compatible and moved into a cage with separate rooms. A small doorway allowed a female mouse to freely cross over from her chamber, but the male—which is larger—could not.The scientists then induced pain in males or females by applying a small dose of inflammatory compounds to the cheek, tail, foot, or genitals. 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Even when they did visit their paramours, females wouldn’t allow males to mount them with the same frequency, the team reports online today in The Journal of Neuroscience.The researchers then set up the reverse scenario in which males dictated the encounters. They placed both mice in an “open-field” cage with no barriers. Males desired just as much sex even if they were in pain, and the researchers observed no significant difference in mounting attempts or other sexual behaviors.Pain-relieving drugs increased females’ willingness to mate, and two sex-drive enhancers—apomorphine and melanotan II—did the same. Both drugs tweak neural circuits tied to pleasure and arousal.Women exercise more caution when selecting a mate, which many psychologists attribute to cultural expectations, such as when female modesty is pushed by some religions. In other words, social norms might impose female repression of sexual desire. In contrast, Farmer and her colleagues conclude, somewhat controversially, that women might simply be more biologically prone to sexual repression in certain contexts.Jill Becker, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, supports the idea. “It’s valid given the amount of female investment [in reproduction] and the way that these systems must have evolved to ensure reproductive success.”Yet other researchers hesitate to build such a major bridge between mice and man. “Claiming an evolutionary basis to sexual behavior based on one study trivializes the rich complexity of human behavior,” says Barry Komisaruk, a behavioral neuroscientist at Rutgers University, Newark, in New Jersey. “It implies inevitability to a woman’s behavior—that she has no voluntary control. That’s too much to extrapolate from one mouse study.”
December 2, 2019
In my cultural world, two major events defined the beginning of the year 2009 — the Obama inaugural and the movie Slumdog Millionaire.Both events are meaningfully connected in the popular culture. There is a synergy between the improbable victory of Obama in the presidential elections and the Hollywood/Bollywood rags to riches caper that went on to win the Oscar for the best picture of the year. Barack Obama, a half-Kenyan American, from Hawaii via Indonesia and Chicago has taken on the mantle of the first African American and the first global president of the United StatesBoth stories are about outsiders who come from the fringes of society yet manage to prevail against all the odds. Obama, a half-Kenyan American, from Hawaii via Indonesia and Chicago, has taken on the mantle of the first African American and the first global president of the United States.The key protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire is a young man, named Jamal, an orphan Muslim minority from one of the poorest slums in Mumbai, India. He not only manages to get on the popular game show, Who wants to be a Millionaire, but to the dismay of the game show host and the local police authorities, is able to correctly answer all the questions to take home the coveted prize.Both narratives are also about the power of globalization. Obama’s win represents the triumph of the American brand of multiculturalism at home and abroad, won on the backs of the hard-fought victories of the civil rights movement and the emerging post-racial world.Slumdog Millionaire represents the flush of new capital pouring into big metro areas like Mumbai, extolling the virtues of American greed and the free market economy, over the two thousand years old Hindu work-ethic encapsulated in the Bhagavad Gita, which professes that one should perform one’s duties (dharma) as self-less action (karma) and not to be motivated by the fruits of one’s labor or profits.To the disappointment of many educated and diaspora Indians, who are part and parcel of the emerging “incredible India,” it is clear that old stereotypes are hard to change. In the movie, India continues to be depicted as “a vast public latrine,” as V. S. Naipaul said in An Area of Darkness almost 50 years earlier, but at least now it’s part of the back office of American corporations and other multinational firms.Finally, both Obama and Slumdog represent a wave of populism that surfaces in hard economic times. Notwithstanding the hard-boiled film-making of Danny Boyle, the English/Irish director well-known for making gritty films about the downtrodden, the story of the orphan slum dwellers touches American hearts, because the global economy is in an abysmal dump. Thus, a brutal yet beautiful film makes us appreciate how blessed we really are as Americans and how good we really have it. The key protagonist in Slumdog Millionaire, named Jamal, an orphan Muslim minority from one of the poorest slums in Mumbai, not only manages to get on the popular game show Who wants to be a Millionaire, but to the dismay of the gameshow host and the local police authorities takes home the coveted prize.Observing the populist elation at the Obama victory, Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times, “We’ll soon remember that the country is in a deep ditch, and that we turned to the black guy not only because we hoped he would lift us up, but because he looked like the strongest leader to dig us out.”However, populism can easily turn into rage against its chosen heroes. The actors in Slumdog Millionaire learned this when they returned home from the Oscars to angry mobs of slum dwellers who were upset at being depicted as a colony of sub-human species. Recently, the Obama dawg millionaires have not been spared the populist outrage either at their perceived lack of connection with the American people over the banking crisis and the dolling out of whopping AIG bonuses.And therein may be the perils for Obama as well. Related Items
November 28, 2019
MOST READ “Now it’s not just all about giving pride and joy to your school by wearing your uniform. It’s playing the sport that you love for a greater cause and giving back,” said Valdez, a three-time UAAP MVP. “This game will really bring back a lot of memories for us.”La Salle, which defeated Ateneo this year to keep the women’s crown, will also flaunt a star-studded roster.La Salle Lady Spikers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoining Reyes are Aby Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, Michele Gumabao, Melissa Gohing and Cyd Demecillo.“I’m very happy and excited that finally, I’ll be with my teammates before and I’ll be able to compete against our rival school,” said Reyes, who was one of the best defenders during her time.The players also vowed to give fans an entertaining yet intense game.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD makes quick work of Zark’s Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The event, organized by Rebisco, aims to raise funds for the scholarship programs of the Ateneo De Manila University Foundation and De La Salle University Foundation and Rebisco Foundation, Inc.“It’s something greater than ourselves. It’s not just volleyball but it is also for the benefit of other people, especially the future generations of student-athletes and I’m very honored that they tapped me to be part of this,” Denden Lazaro, a vital part of the Ateneo’s championship runs in 2014 and 2015, told Inquirer.net Monday in a press conference at Buffalo Wild Wings at Capitol Commons in Pasig City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Volleyball has a growing popularity in the Philippines and we wanted to take advantage of that fact in making relevance and at the same time raise funds for the scholarship programs of the three entities,” said Lulu dela Peña of Rebisco Philippines.Valdez and Lazaro will reunite with former Ateneo players Fille Cainglet, Ella de Jesus, Amy Ahomiro and team up with current Lady Eagles Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag and Jho Maraguinot. “We’re going to have fun but at the same time, we also want to give the fans a competitive game,” said Gohing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo Lady Eagles. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning UAAP champion La Salle and Ateneo, two schools who have waged countless battles in the collegiate sporting scene, have come together for a cause greater than their rivalry.Led by superstars Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes, Ateneo and La Salle have joined forces for a charity volleyball game dubbed “Battle of the Rivals” on July 16 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments